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Courtney J. Marshall

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Alumna, Joint J.D./M.S.
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My name is Courtney Marshall and I am from Austin, TX. I received my undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. I am a joint JD/MS alumna interested in international humanitarian law, women in conflict, and sustainability. 

Without a doubt, law school has proven to be a fascinating environment, such a diverse community of students and faculty committed to the complex judicial system. It certainly succeeds in providing rigor and challenge. Every day, assignments and class discussion help to strengthen my research, critical thinking and analytical skills, while enhancing my ability to communicate complex ideas effectively. In fact, this summer I attended summer school at Cambridge University to study the European Union’s legal approach to human rights, and then traveled to Berlin, Germany to study negotiation and arbitration methods. Both locations offered unique venues for international exchange of ideas with law students from around the world, and overall, helped me become a more globally educated individual.

Throughout my academic career, I have coveted an education that reflects the diversity of my interests, which range from social justice and human rights to language, culture, and economic development. At Vanderbilt, this goal was exemplified by my decision to double major in Political Science (with a concentration in International Politics) and Spanish, and minor in Italian. In the local Nashville community, I participated in a number of leadership opportunities, including working in the Policy and Communications division of Tennessee’s Office of Governor, where I participated in a number of initiatives to promote scholastic reform and increase funding for youth programs. Through one of Vanderbilt’s leadership programs, I interned for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, where I shadowed caseworkers, and attended court cases concerning child sutody and domestic violence. Finally, I sought to enhance my international experience through programs such voluntourism in Nicaragua and India, service learning in Costa Rica, and language immersion for 8 months in Siena, Italy. In particular, the lessons from Costa Rica and Nicaragua act as significant motivation for pursuing a master's in international development. Both experiences left a lasting impression about the intersection between law and development. I wish to integrate this reality into my academic and professional careers. This master’s program accomplishes this goal by providing a more comprehensive and multidisciplinary analysis of the dynamics between economics, politics, law and human development. Ultimately, I hope my joint degree will allow me to draw knowledge from a variety of fields so that I may become a more effective legal advocate. 

I was a junior member of Tulane's International and Comparative Law Journal, President of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and treasurer of the International Law Society. In Summer 2014, I participated in the Payson Center Summer Institute in Brazil. In my future career, I aspire to advocate for female empowerment and combat gender-based violence. In fact, I participated in Tulane’s Domestic Violence Clinic in 2015.
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This master’s program provides a more comprehensive and multidisciplinary analysis of the dynamics between economics, politics, law and human development. Ultimately, I hope my joint degree will allow me to draw knowledge from a variety of fields so that I may become a more effective legal advocate.
Degrees: 
  • B.A., Vanderbilt University, Political Science, Spanish, Italian, 2012
  • M.S., Tulane University's Payson Center, International Development, 2015
  • J.D., Tulane University School of Law, 2015
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Country Experience: 
India
Costa Rica
Nicaragua
Italy
Brazil

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